school and work

  1. Hi-
    Do you think it is possible (I bet many of you have done it) to go to school and work 6 hours a day max. I will have all my pre-reqs and the school where I go the nursing part is 8-10 hours a semester. I quit my job about 5 years ago and went to school but only made it 1 year b/4 we were broke and I had to go back to work. The time off from work put us in bad financial shape. We are fine now but my husband is extremely leery of me going to school again b/c he is afraid I can't work and go to school. I am self-emp but have a contract to meet every 2 weeks so my job hours are totally flexible. Any input would be appreciated so that I can show my husband it CAN be done!

    Thanks
    Shelli
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  3. by   Linda LPN
    Hello and good luck in school. I am an LPN and I'm going back to school to complete my RN degree. I work the night shift, 7p to 7a, and I'm taking 12 hours at school this semester. Tell your husband it CAN be done, it won't be easy, but it can be done. I wish you the best. By the way, I work about 86 hours every 2 weeks. Once again, good luck!
  4. by   lita1857
    well here's my 2 cents...I went back to school when my daughter was 2yrs old. I then worked nights so I did fri/sat/sun 8hr 11pm-7am and yes showed up for clinical at 8am monday morning. But worse yet, over this last four years I worked 12-16hrs per day 6 days a week to put my daughter thru college...paid all of it by myself and in cash! So yes tell your husband it can be done...Nurses do amazing things every day. If you want or need to know specifically how I did it and managed to pay all my half of household expenses( we split everything 50/50) please feel free to e-mail me@ lita1857@hotmail.com
  5. by   angelaADSN
    Hi sjwimer! I worked and went to night school for 4 years! I have 3 kids and it was stressful but I got it done. I am now fixing to go into my 3rd semester of the program, I quit my job in the middle of 1st semester. To much studying, and kids, work to tend to I had to let one go, so it was my job. We get in a finacial bind everyonce in awhile but it ends up working out some way or another. Just keep in mind of the rewards after graduation! It can be done, just stressful! Good luck! Here's my web page for future references! www.geocities.com/ajax_clean/StudentNurse.html
  6. by   mheidi
    GO FOR IT!!!!
    I'm a junior nursing student and am forced to work to meet my financial needs. I am working four days per week and so far have had no difficulties. During my prereq courses I had a full time job working in an ER at night and went to school full time during the day. It can be done you just have to organize your time efficiently. I would encourage you to take at least a couple hours each week to do something for yourself so that you don't get so overwhelmed in school and work. You will burn yourself out quickly if you overdo yourself. Good Luck and show your hubby that you have what it takes. Let us know what you decide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MHeidi
  7. by   Smrtnur
    Hello and yes Good Luck I am an LPN myself and work at a hospital on a med/surg telemetry unit I was working the 7p-7a shift 12 hrs a day sometimes on 3 off 2 and on 2 off2 but it was by no means a win-win situation. I found that I could not work, stay awake in class and do my homework . I am single and have NO KIDS. I stayed miserable. It just did not work out for me you need time to study, sleep, eat and rest your mind after a hard day. Nursing is not easy so be sure this is what you want to do when you set out to do it. The sky is the limit and you will never know if you can accomplish something unless you do it. So do it!
    Originally posted by Linda LPN:
    Hello and good luck in school. I am an LPN and I'm going back to school to complete my RN degree. I work the night shift, 7p to 7a, and I'm taking 12 hours at school this semester. Tell your husband it CAN be done, it won't be easy, but it can be done. I wish you the best. By the way, I work about 86 hours every 2 weeks. Once again, good luck!
  8. by   Youman
    First of all good luck in school. Now, I am in my second and final year of nursing school and while I decided not to work most of my classmates have. It has been a rough road for them however they have managed to do well. It can be done but, like everyone has said it will take some doing. Most importantly you will need your husband's love and support during the difficult times. Again, good luck

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